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5/25/2003 Outer Pinnacles aboard Escapade by Nick Radov -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Pete Gelbman, Anibal Mata-Sol, Nick Radov
Visibility: 25' - 35' Time:3:30 PM
Temp:   Surge: 4'
Max Depth: 109FSW Avg Depth: 90FSW
Bottom Time: 0:38 Total Time: 0:51
Bottom Gases: EAN32,30/30Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Single,Double LP80,LP95Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
Jim Capwell graciously agreed to take just five of us out today for a single dive afternoon trip. Visibility inside Monterey Bay had been poor that morning so we got around to Carmel Bay and dove near the south end of the Outer Pinnacles area. As we descended the anchor line we passed through a layer of small jellyfish, plus one large and spectacular egg-yolk jelly. After checking that the anchor was set properly atop the pinnacle we dropped down the side into a sand channel with the floor at about 100ft. Pete wanted to run a line for practice so after fumbling around with the primary tie-off for a few minutes we headed off along the wall. Visibility was quite good at depth, and there was still a fair amount of surface light; the hydrocoral really looked spectacular today. But with the swell direction today there was quite a bit of surge even down at the bottom, and that made it difficult to get in close and observe the smaller life. At one point we ran into Ian and Mark on their scooters but then they blazed off and left us in their wake (thanks for the note guys). As we came back up the anchor line there was a bit of a current running from the southeast but nothing we couldn't swim against. On the return boat ride we spotted a solitary humpback in close to shore so we hung around watching it for a while. It was a beautiful day out on the water; I'll be back tomorrow.